Tag: cupcakes

Last minute Super Bowl recipes? We can help!

If at this particular moment it has just struck you that you have a houseful of people showing up tonight for the Super Bowl–or perhaps your spouse just alerted you to that fact at this particular moment–don’t worry, we can help with the food! Here are a ton of links for Super Bowl snacks, drinks and desserts that you can whip up for a hungry crew without too much effort. Just uh, try not to chomp those nacho chips loudly during the commercials? Some of us are actually trying to watch them. If you’ve got a grill, these Steak and...

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Making Valentine’s cupcakes a little sweeter

If you are one of those crazy cupcake baking parents (you know who you are. Own it! Wear it proudly!) then you probably have your secret sources for everything decorative. Here’s one more to add to your list. Dress My Cupcake has everything you need to making your cupcakes more impressive than everyone else’s cupcakes. Not that it’s a contest. But it totally is. You’ll find hearts, chevrons (but of course!), florals and even reusable glitter cupcake wrappers calling your name. There’s also a small section of cupcake accessories, including cake pop sticks, matching wooden cutlery and individual domes...

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You don’t need a blue Easy-Bake Oven to get boys to bake

Although Easy-Bake ovens are now coming out with “boy-friendly” versions (what, girls don’t like blue?), there have always been lots of options for boys to cook–really cook–with the help of great products and cookbooks for kids. Handstand Kids is a longtime favorite company of ours. We love that they have an inclusive baking book that doesn’t have smiling girls holding pink cupcakes on the cover. In fact, any budding bakers in the family will want to get their fingers all over this book. The new Handstand Kids Baking Around the World cookbook is perfect for any kid at all...

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8 of the coolest personalized gifts that there’s still time to get for Christmas!

Whether you’re down to the last present on your list or still only just getting started (ahem), you don’t have to panic. There’s still time to order super-cool gifts that are–get this!–personalized, so no one will ever know that you didn’t buy them weeks ago. Here are some of our favorites. –Lexi We like this affordable little peronalized rockstar coin pouch from Psychobaby so much, we included it in the CMP holiday gift guide. And you have until 12/17 to order (via 2nd day shipping).  Personalized pocket mirrors from Olliegraphic sport your kid’s name–and you can choose the hair...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 of our favorite pins this week.  1. Such a versatile, stylish piece for your little girl’s wardrobe.  2. Hilarious Halloween cupcakes that are a great use for old Barbie arms.  3. A brilliant way to organize your kids’ artwork.  4. An easy DIY project that’s sure to make any LEGO fan in your house squee.  5. A fun, free way to keep your kids entertained in the...

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Web Coolness – DIY sewing cards, the coolest crochet playground, and things we wish we had known as new moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Handmade Charlotte has some of the cutest printable sewing cards that you can print right from home. Great hand-eye coordination practice for kids! New moms: Don’t miss Liz’s list of the 12 things I wish I had known as a new mom at Babycenter. And if you’ve got some wisdom of your own, please stop by and leave a comment. Reading about how these moms got into the best shape of their lives after having kids is totally inspiring. And...

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Say chubby baby

In some neighborhoods, where feeding a baby a single french fry will earn you the disdain of onlooking parents everywhere (would I know of such a thing?) my anti-authority side is loving a line of vaguely irreverent baby and kids clothes that walks right into the realities of our fast food nation. [don’t miss a great discount AND a giveaway after the jump!] How can you not smile at the poppy colors and bold full-color photos of the Eat ‘Em Up Collection from our friends at Psychobaby? From baby tees and flip-flops to to baby bibs (my favorite) I...

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Birthday party ideas for a 4 year old with a garden theme? Reader Q&A

I am planning a garden-themed 4th birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks. I need some creative inspiration! So far, we’re going to have the kids each plant something in a pot to take home .. And that’s all. I need ideas for other things – decor, food, goody bags – that will play up the theme, but not in a cheesy/over the top/super expensive way. Help? -Cheers & thanks, Jen H. Wow what a fun theme for a kid’s birthday, especially in the summer. Here are some ideas for your daughter’s party. Hope they help!  ...

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6 (manly) Father’s Day recipes that the kids can help make

Today I’ve got 6 awesome, kid-friendly Father’s Day recipes for you. After all, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and as far as I can tell, it’s true. But so is this: nothing is more special to dad than something heartfelt from his children. Combine the two with a special meal that the kids help make (plus maybe a fab Father’s Day gift) and you’ve got a Father’s Day fit for your #1 Dad. Check out these 3 dad-approved Father’s Day menus and get cookin’! Each one includes a main course and a yummy...

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Gourmet gifts for dad – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it. The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros) Cliche though it...

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Easy retro cupcakes for modern parties

Everybody loves cupcakes, but decorating them can be majorly intimidating. You can always outsource, of course, but spending a fortune at a fancy bakery for a kid’s birthday isn’t very appetizing either.  This is why I’m in L-O-V-E with these adorable Belle and Boo cupcake wraps; they add a touch of whimsy with very little effort. And they’re perfect for either a boy or a girl — what could be easier? Now you don’t have to stress in order to serve homemade cupcakes you can be proud of. Just slip these over your lovingly made but lopsided creations and...

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Making the baby shower even sweeter

I always need another reason to eat cupcakes (well, I don’t need a reason) and now I have one. All I need is a baby shower invitation and I’m all set. The edible icing cupcake topper folks at Ticings.com (a big fave around here) have collaborated with the cute t-shirt mavens Colette Kids on an adorable DIY baby shower kit.  You’ll get a 100% rib cotton onesie from Colette Kids, plus 2 dozen customizable peel-and-press, gluten-free cupcake toppers, all with the same cute image. If are you aren’t planning on serving cupcakes, you can use them on everything from slices of fruit to...

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The perfect cupcake for any party

The standards for kids’ birthday cakes have gone up a bit since I was little, when we just stopped by the Piggly Wiggly and had the teen behind the counter misspell my name between the lumpy sugar roses. Now we want them to be beautiful, unique, delicious, customized, truly exciting, and–the big kicker– allergen free. Luckily, we’ve found a way to make almost any cupcake fit the bill, even if your kid has an unusual name or non-mainstream hobby. And there’s nary a lumpy rose to be found. Cake Sugar takes edible icing cupcake toppers to the next level....

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You are my cupcake, my cutie pie, and my mushy little sweet pea

After seeing Joyce Wan’s board book, We Belong Together I am so in love with her. So of course I had to check out You Are My Cupcake, in the same series. Let’s just say it’s absolutely delicious and I want to eat it up in a major way. Each page pops with vibrant colors and sweet illustrations that are textured, giving babies a sensory experience. All of the terms of endearment are covered here–starting with “cupcake”–but with a twist. We call our babe a “sweet pea,” but in Wan’s world, she’s a “mushy little sweet pea.” Your cutie...

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Betsey Johnson. Now making…cupcakes?

Just in time for fashion week, one of our favorite local cupcake bakeries is getting all dolled up for the occasion from one of our favorite designers and we couldn’t be more excited. Seems like pink cupcakes are the new black. New York’s Baked by Melissa mini cupcakes has teamed up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a New York Fashion Week confection oozing with fabulousness. The mini pink-a-licious Betsey Johnson cupcakes, made with pink tye-dye cake, pink vanilla icing, pink popping (think Pop Rocks) chocolate and glitter (of course!), are a fashionista’s dream come true. Johnson sent a...

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Clever Super Bowl dessert ideas. Because one cannot live on nachos alone.

We are so excited to welcome Stacie of One Hungry Mama to the Cool Mom Picks team! We’ve admired her common sense, approachable, clever posts about food and cooking for ages now. This is the first of her weekly niblets of food-related coolness every Wednesday–a roundup of Super Bowl sweets that’ll score big with your football fans, big and small. What a week! My first post as part of the Cool Mom team today. Groundhog Day tomorrow. Thank a Mailman Day on Saturday. And we can’t forget the Madonna concert, er, I mean, the Super Bowl on Sunday. If you’re...

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Candyland, now on your wall

For an awesome kids’ room design quick change, I head straight for removable wall decals, which are such a smart choice for parents like me who have large wall spaces, fickle kids, and no desire to add more holes in my walls. My latest obsession: The brand new wall stickers from Wallcandy Arts designed by the talented folks at French Bull. And not surprisingly, they are fab. I’m pretty sure my kids would freak out over the Cupcake Land wall decals, a Candyland-inspired game that covers your wall in a bright game “board” that kids can actually play on....

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Cupcakes and Comics, oh my!

I love cupcakes. For me, this is no fad. They represent happiness and goodness and celebrations in every bite. But a talking cupcake? This brings my love to an entirely new level. Expect crazy fun with Sara Varon’s newest graphic novel, Bake Sale. The premise is this: Cupcake is losing his inspiration. Every new recipe he tries just doesn’t work out. When Cupcake’s friend, Eggplant, proposes a trip to Turkey, things really start to happen. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so that’s all I’m going to give you. The illustrations are super detailed and there is so...

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It’s time to raise the curtain on the coolest Muppets items

We headed off to see The Muppets this past weekend, both for the nostalgia and to introduce my kids to the beloved characters of my younger years. And while I believe that much of this movie would be lost on kids younger than grade school, my older kids were delighted with the music and characters and are now infected with Muppet Mania. But before you head out and get bombarded with all the licensed merchandise this movie will spawn, take a look at some of the coolest Muppet items we’ve found. –Christina The iconic Adidas sneaker (also featured in...

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Take me to your cupcake

While the fancy cupcake trend has now hit just about every town in America, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good cupcake or even one that your kids will consider cool. Whether you’re going store-bought or baking at home, I think you’ll love this low-effort solution for hip, delicious, outside of the box party cakes guaranteed to have everyone doing the happy dance. Hello Hanna, the super groovy online kids party shop, now has a series of fun and edible icing cupcake toppers cleverly called Ticings. While they feature a variety of designs like princesses,...

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